Seven Positions: Washington, DC & Virginia

Position: Temporary Research Librarian
Location: Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC

Originally posted on LLSDC Job Listings.

Temporary Research Librarian
1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Job Description
Crowell & Moring, LLP

Founded with a commitment to build a different kind of law firm, Crowell & Moring LLP today is an international law firm representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and transactional matters. We are internationally recognized for our representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as our ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. With nearly 550 lawyers based in seven offices in the United States and Europe, the firm helps international corporations and emerging enterprises navigate complex legal challenges and create business solutions across the globe.

The Research Librarian (temporary) will provide research support and outreach for all offices and work as a member of the firm-wide Research Services team.

• Conduct business, legal, legislative, and regulatory research for attorneys, marketing staff, business managers, and paralegals, providing an initial analysis of research results and summaries of key findings.
• Provide background research and competitive intelligence on companies, industries, and markets in support of business and client development efforts. Use a variety of tools to obtain information required to support more strategic decision making.
• Help set up and manage docket and news current awareness monitoring, determining the most accurate and thorough methods for capturing and delivering information.
• Guide attorneys and staff on the effective use of research databases.

Education – The position requires a Bachelor’s Degree. MLS preferred, but equivalent training and experience may substitute.

The position requires a minimum of three (3) years of related experience during which knowledge, skills and abilities relevant to the position were demonstrated.

Additional Information
Crowell & Moring LLP offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package which includes progressive options such as back up child care, wellness programs, cultural events and social activities. We take great pride in our positive, friendly culture that rewards hard work and success, at the same time recognizing the importance of family and community service.

EOE m/f/d/v
Crowell & Moring LLP participates in the E-Verify program.

Position: Business & Legal Research Analyst
Location: DLA Piper LLP (US), Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.

DLA Piper LLP (US) is a leading global business law firm. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best people across our practice and business service groups. We are looking for collaborative, results-oriented people who enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and have exceptional problem-solving skills.

If you are a highly talented Business & Legal Research Analyst interested in working closely with clients, attorneys and paralegals, we want to hear from you!

This position is located in the Washington D.C. office.

Relocation is available in accordance with the firm’s policy.

The research analyst team is at the leading edge of the firm with regard to identifying and harnessing the power of new legal research technologies and platforms. The department’s commitment to continuing education guarantees that the team champions and uses the best resources for solving today’s complex research needs while saving clients’ money.

The business & legal research analyst position provides research expertise and analysis to lawyers, paralegals and staff. Candidates must be able to quickly evaluate all research inquiries to determine the best methods and resources necessary to complete each request. This position requires the ability to prioritize requests, analyze results, compile answers and communicate research findings in a clear and concise manner. The business & legal research analyst may perform training and conduct outreach activities at the local office level.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Library/Information Services
  • 3 years’ experience conducting research
  • Experience performing extensive research using tools (such as Westlaw and Lexis Advance, and specialized tools such as CapIQ, Bloomberg Law, CCH Cheetah, Intelligize, Courtlink, Pitchbook, etc.
  • Experience in data analytics, artificial intelligence, and quantitative legal prediction databases such as Casetext CARA, Lex Machina, Docket Navigator Compass, TR Intelligence Center, Ravel Law, etc.
  • Good research skills required to conduct research on a variety of legal and business topics
  • Specialized knowledge relating to specific legal practice areas (e.g., IP, Finance, Tax, etc.)
  • Good knowledge of federal legislative and regulatory research
  • Good with curation systems such as Manzama or Linex
  • Good interpersonal skills necessary to interact regularly with attorneys, clients and staff
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently and rearrange priorities as workload dictates
  • Willing to work after normal hours and/or weekends when required

Preferred Requirements:
3 years of experience conducting research in a law firm environment

What will your day look like?
You will conduct research and/or fact-checking in a wide range of topical areas including, but not limited to, legal, business/corporate, patent and IP, public records, legislative history, medical and news/media. You will compile research results, summarize data and communicate methodology and results clearly, and use critical thinking to analyze each request to identify the best research resources for efficient and cost-effective resolutions. You will work extensively with research staff, information technology, attorneys and administrative staff to maximize knowledge sharing and improve integration among information systems in the organization. You will also conduct local office orientation for new hires and will assist with the training of attorneys and staff on the effective use of legal and business research resources.

You will also explain the operation of the research department and market library services and resources. You will participate in the regular review and evaluation of new and existing electronic resources, with an eye toward improved service and research efficiency. You will also demonstrate a commitment to continuing education by attending workshops and webinars for professional development and regularly review professional literature. You will align with specific practice groups to support their long-term goals, business development, competitive intelligence and resource needs.

To learn more about DLA Piper, please visit our website

We offer exceptional career opportunities in an environment that is challenging, rewarding, and, we believe, truly different from our competitors. Our employees enjoy a diverse environment in which they can build a long and fruitful career and reap the rewards of their success.

Agency applications will not be considered.

Position: Library Assistant
Location: Finnegan LLP, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.

The Washington, DC office of Finnegan, one of the world’s leading and largest intellectual property law firms, has an opportunity for a Library Assistant. Under the direction of the Manager of Research and Information Services and the Chief Marketing Officer, the Library Assistant will serve as a primary point of contact for a variety of firmwide functions such as serials check-in and routing, invoice processing, acquisitions, cataloging, maintaining the collection, and providing basic level-ready reference services.

Successful candidates must have a high school diploma, but a Bachelor’s degree is preferred, and three years of experience in a professional business environment, law firm experience is a plus. Experience with technical services in a law or special library including acquisitions, serials control and MARC copy cataloging, basic knowledge of library operations and records storage, and a high degree of proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Must have excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, willingness to be a team player, and the ability to deal well with changing assignments and priorities, work well under pressure, meet frequent deadlines, and prioritize multiple tasks.

The firm offers an excellent compensation and benefits package and is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to:
Robin Smith
Staff Recruiting Manager
901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413
Fax: 202.408.4400

Position: Administrative Librarian (Chief of African and Middle Eastern Division)
Location: African and Middle Eastern Division, General and International Collections Directorate, Library Services., Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $127,914 to $192,300 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the African and Middle Eastern Division, General and International Collections Directorate, Library Services.

We encourage qualified applicants from a variety of library, scholarly, academic, and information science backgrounds, with expertise in the appropriate regions, languages, and collections, to apply for this opportunity to support the Library’s strategy and to establish the program as a center of excellence in area studies.

The African and Middle Eastern Division is recognized as a major resource center for Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Our Middle East program has custody of materials in over 70 languages, the division’s largest collections being Arabic, followed by Persian, Turkish, Armenian and Georgian language collections. Additional collections and linguistic groupings include Caucasian, and Central Asian. The division serves as the Library’s primary access point for reference and research activities related to the Ancient Near East, pre-Islamic Egypt, Biblical Studies, Jewish Studies, and ancient and modern Israel, with custody of materials in a variety of formats in Hebrew and its cognates, including Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian, as well as Amharic, Coptic, and Syriac. The division is also the focal point of the Library’s reference and bibliographic activities on sub-Saharan Africa and the Library’s collection of Africana, including sources in every major field of study in the social sciences and in the humanities. Language coverage includes English, French, German, Portuguese, and many African vernaculars.

This is a senior executive position at the Library of Congress, responsible for bringing vision, leadership, and innovation to the role. The Chief is the Library’s principal expert/specialist in matters dealing with the countries, languages and regions covered by that division. The Chief has full professional responsibility for coordinating activities of the Library related to that geographic area, and for directing the development and maintenance of the Library’s collections pertaining to these regions, including the integration of digital technology, and facilitating the effective use of these collections by scholars, researchers, and others worldwide. The Chief formulates the vision, establishes the mission and goals, determines objectives, directs the staff and resources, and evaluates overall performance of the division. He/she sets policies for, administers, and supervises division staff, programs, services, and activities. The Chief is responsible for cultivating relations with potential donors, securing funds for new initiatives, acquiring new collections, and establishing new services. The Chief provides national leadership in the fields of knowledge and information as they relate to the division’s geographic responsibility and represents the library at national and international meetings, events and programs, especially those related to the division’s regions and countries.

Provides direction and leadership for the Library in response to the rapid changes in foreign societies, in information flows from and about the regions covered by the division, and in emerging research agendas related to the division’s area of responsibility. Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of these countries and regions and of the scholarly resources and collections necessary for the study of the region, with in-depth knowledge in at least one related discipline/area.

Constantly evaluates the Library’s holdings in this area and seeks to acquire new collections as they become available. Identifies sources for new collections and continuously seeks to improve the quality of the Library’s collections and access to information in the division’s area of responsibility.

Maintains personal authority and credibility in research/library communities based on a solid record of publications and professional accomplishments. Provides national and international leadership in accomplishing the division’s mission, which includes leadership within the Library and among research libraries in the U.S. and abroad.

Recommends strategies for integrating digital content, preservation and services into the Library’s existing policy, procedures, work flow, and organizational framework for print collections. Assures implementation of collection development policies and procedures for traditional print collections and for digital content resources. Develops digital collections and digital access approaches, often in collaboration with colleagues inside and outside the institution. Manages custodial responsibilities for print and digital collections, including systematic analysis, evaluation, and direction with operational requirements and work flow considerations.

Develops policies for the acquisition of important collections to ensure that the Library’s collections meet the needs of scholars, researchers and all other patrons. Policies involve matters relating to the conduct of initial solicitations and negotiations with prospective donors, appraisal of collections, conversion of materials on deposit to gifts, restrictions on use, conditions of use, and security of the collections.

Position: Electronic Resources Management Specialist
Location: American University, Washington, DC
Salary: $22.42-$22.73

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

The Electronic Resources Management Specialist works independently within the Electronic Resources and Serials Unit to provide support for all of the Library’s electronic resources, including journals, databases, e-books, datasets, and aggregator collections via the library’s Electronic Resource Management System (ERMS), OCLC WorldShare, LibGuides, and EZProxy. The position’s primary responsibilities include data maintenance of resource and license records in the ERMS and OCLC WorldShare, management of e-resource usage data collection and reporting, maintaining archival units for the LOCKSS server, updating EZProxy stanzas as needed, and working with the appropriate staff to troubleshoot end-user access issues.

This position provides direct support for the library’s growing electronic collections, which currently represent approximately 80% of the library’s $7M+ materials budget. Electronic resource collections support student and faculty research from across campus, as well as from any remote location with sufficient Internet access. As the university expands, its global and distance learning programs and emphasis on research activities and initiatives, the library’s e-collections will be an important service component to ever growing populations of users and adds ever growing complexity to carrying out the position responsibilities. Electronic resources are accessed by students and faculty 24/7.

Position: Special Collections Technician
Location: Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.


The Special Collections Technician is responsible for answering routine reference questions using Special Collections resources; assist in the development of exhibits and displays; undertake collection processing; administer archival training and educational institutes; administrative assistance to Special Collections; manage the Archives office; control Special Collections supplies inventory; supervise student workers and volunteers.


  • Provide administrative assistance by filing and maintaining office records as well as obtaining supplies as needed.
  • Provide reference and referral assistance to inquirers, visitors and Special Collections users, including duplication services such as digital scans, photocopies and photographs.
  • Supervise student workers, practicum students, and volunteers as needed, including collecting employee time sheets and monitoring employee schedules to help maintain proper staffing and service levels.
  • Assist with the processing of Catholic University records and manuscript collections, including audiovisual records, in order to produce finding aids.
  • Assist with rare books and museum accessions, loans, and exhibits.
  • Coordinate with maintenance staff and Special Collections to maintain cleanliness and repair of archives facilities and space.
  • Coordinate and provide support for Special Collections programs: receptions, conferences, training sessions, exhibits, and teaching institutes.

Position: Database Integrity & Analysis Specialist
Location: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Originally posted on the Potomac Technical Processing Librarians (PTPL) listserv.

Library Specialist II – Database Integrity & Analysis Specialist
The George Mason University Libraries seek to fill the position of Database Integrity & Analysis Specialist. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The Database Integrity & Analysis Specialist is responsible for extracting library system-generated data for the division and for constructing and running reports to fulfill collection-related data needs for ongoing and one-time initiatives, projects, and/or processes. This position also works to ensure the accuracy of data in the integrated library system (Ex Libris Alma). We are looking for a collaborative, detail-oriented individual to work closely with faculty and staff both within the division and in other departments to ensure that report-related and database integrity needs are met in a timely and accurate manner.